A Perfect Day for Oysters

If one had to choose a day for having an Oyster Tasting, then the first Sunday of November...

Join us for an Oyster Tasting

November 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, VA.

Reflections on Camp

The words below are from our Executive Director, Dr. David Niebuhr. This was his first camp experience, and...

Our Mission, Our Vision, Our Goal

Our mission is to aid and encourage intellectually gifted, at-risk middle school through high school students to reach their full potential and become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.

Offering a year-round enrichment and advocacy program, bolstered by a summer enrichment camp, middle school students receive support to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Our high school advocacy program provides mentoring to assist with challenges, course selections, scholarship opportunities, and the college application process.

Our goal is to foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of these children, to provide support and information to the family unit, and to offer guidance in planning for advanced educational opportunities.

Camp Notes

Reflections on Camp
Reflections on Camp
The words below are from our Executive Director, Dr. David Niebuhr. This was his first camp experience, and one that he will not soon forget – as anyone know who works with Jacob’s Ladder for any length of time, the experience is unlike any other. It’s 8:30 on the last Monday of camp, and I’ve…
Reflections on Camp
Reflections on Camp
As the 27th Jacob’s Ladder Enrichment Camp ended, I knew one thing for certain…it was worth it! Although this year’s location at Christchurch School near Urbanna, Virginia brought challenges of space and scheduling, it demonstrated to all of us how working together reaps many blessings. At our first Chapel Talk, Mr. Hall reminded all of…
What Camp is …
What Camp is …
Jacob’s Ladder has been growing and changing since it was begun in 1991. Over the years, the accumulated knowledge and experience of the RAs (“Responsible Adults”), Teachers and Staff have influenced hundreds of students. So after 27 years of enrichment, 27 years of watching Climbers grow and gain confidence in themselves, 27 years of staff…

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How to Refer a Student to Jacob’s Ladder

If you are a Gifted Coordinator, Gifted Cluster or Resource Teacher, or School Counselor with a student you feel may be qualified for Jacob's Ladder, please review this document (MS Word DOC) for information and instructions for submitting a student application.

An updated application form is available now (MS Word DOC). You can right-click to download the form. Please note: dated signatures are required and the student section should be HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK. A checklist of items, including documentation of gifted identification, should accompany the application. There is no cost for application, and no cost for attending the program.